Hotel at a Glance: Fairfield Inn & Suites Miami Airport South
Fairfield Inn & Suites Miami Airport South is great for travelers. The hotel is just 2 miles from Miami International Airport and runs a free shuttle to and from terminals between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m. In the morning, guests can fuel up on scrambled eggs, sausage, belgian waffles, and oatmeal at the complimentary breakfast buffet before heading out to catch a flight or sightsee around the city.
- Sleep like a baby: Guest rooms feature pillow-top mattresses and soundproof windows.
- Best place to sunbathe: on a second-floor sun deck with a hot tub and shaded seating areas
- Stay fit in a fitness center with top-notch cardio equipment.
- Dinner in bed: Several local restaurants deliver to the hotel.
Flagami, Miami: Residential Neighborhood Close to Miami Beach
On the southern border of Miami International Airport lies the neighborhood of Flagami. The name is a portmanteau of two major roads that run through the neighborhood: West Flagler Street and Tamiami Trail. The community is lined with colorful homes and a handful of family-owned Cuban restaurants. Flagami is also just 13 miles from one of Miami's biggest draws—Miami Beach.
People from all over the world come here to enjoy the white-sand beaches, shop the high-end boutiques, and party at the legendary see-and-be-seen nightclubs the city is known for. The red-hot center of this sexy, international social scene is South Beach, a 20-block stretch filled with upscale lounges, rooftop bars, and ultrahip hangouts behind velvet ropes. Lummus Park beach is packed by midmorning, and the clubs on Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue—many of which stay open until 5 a.m.—vie for the limelight with VIP service, celebrity DJs, and dressed-to-the-nines crowds.
Beyond the fast-paced luxury of South Beach lies Miami Beach’s softer side. A leisurely stroll through the Art Deco District reveals hundreds of beautiful, candy-colored buildings, including Versace Mansion—a 1930 manor modeled after a palace in the Dominican Republic that belonged to Christopher Columbus’s family. The centerpiece of the city’s arts scene, the Bass Museum of Art displays works from Peter Paul Rubens and Sandro Botticelli, and modern-design objects and propaganda arts fill three stories at the Wolfsonian-FIU museum.